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Deadline set for US to choose on penalty

AG must decide in bombing case

A federal judge on Tuesday set a Jan. 31 deadline for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to declare whether he will seek the death penalty for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber.

The judge set the deadline after local prosecutors representing US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said in court that they plan to make a confidential recommendation to Holder by the end of this week, past the Oct. 31 deadline they initially set.

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